To the world, Nora Helmer has it all. But an unwanted visitor might shake her seemingly solid marriage to the core. Renowned playwright Joanna Murray-Smith gives a fresh perspective to Ibsen’s classic about throwing open the door to life’s possibilities.

Overview

To the world, Nora Helmer has it all. A well-respected husband, an immaculate home and three darling children. But underneath the façade of a confident modern woman juggling her life, lies a secret. Or two. When an old ghost comes knocking on the Helmer’s door, their seemingly solid marriage is shaken to the core.

Chantelle Jamieson (KILLING KATIE: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK CLUB) fiercely steps into the shoes of one of the most iconic female characters in dramatic history. Through a contemporary lens, Joanna Murray-Smith has superbly adapted Ibsen’s classic about throwing open the door to life’s possibilities.

Calendar
10 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
Preview
11 Jun 2022 3:30 pm
Preview
11 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
Preview
12 Jun 2022 5:00 pm
Preview
14 Jun 2022 11:00 am
Limited Seats
14 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
15 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
Sold Out
16 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
17 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
18 Jun 2022 3:30 pm
18 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
19 Jun 2022 5:00 pm
Limited Seats
21 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
22 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
23 Jun 2022 11:00 am
Limited Seats
23 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
24 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
Q&A
25 Jun 2022 3:30 pm
25 Jun 2022 8:00 pm
26 Jun 2022 5:00 pm
28 Jun 2022 11:00 am
Q&A
29 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
30 Jun 2022 11:00 am
30 Jun 2022 7:30 pm
01 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
02 Jul 2022 3:30 pm
02 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
03 Jul 2022 5:00 pm
05 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
06 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
07 Jul 2022 11:00 am
Audio Described
07 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
08 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
09 Jul 2022 3:30 pm
Audio Described
09 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
10 Jul 2022 5:00 pm
12 Jul 2022 11:00 am
12 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
13 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
Free Teen
14 Jul 2022 11:00 am
14 Jul 2022 7:30 pm
15 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
16 Jul 2022 3:30 pm
16 Jul 2022 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices

For group bookings of 10+, please call Box office on (02 8918 3460) or email groups@ensemble.com.au

Single tickets are now on sale.

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice.

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FULL PRICE$75$80
SENIORS CARD$72$77
PENSIONER$68$73
30 OR UNDER$38$43
FULL-TIME STUDENT$38$43
MEAA/AWG$38$43
SCHOOL GROUPS$25$25
GROUP 10-19$75$80
GROUP 20+$71$76
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Reviews

“Groundbreaking drama” The Times UK

“Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s best known contemporary playwright” The Guardian

Cast & Creatives
Joanna Murray-Smith

Joanna Murray-Smith

Adaptor

Mark Kilmurry

Mark Kilmurry

Director

Sophie Kelly

Sophie Kelly

Understudy Director

Chantelle Jamieson

Chantelle Jamieson

Cast

James Lugton

James Lugton

Cast

Lizzie Schebesta

Lizzie Schebesta

Cast

David Soncin

David Soncin

Cast

Tim Walter

Tim Walter

Cast

Claudia Barrie

Claudia Barrie

Understudy

Matt Minto

Matt Minto

Understudy

Veronique Benett

Veronique Benett

Set & Costume Designer

Verity Hampson

Verity Hampson

Lighting Designer

Daryl Wallis

Daryl Wallis

Composer & Sound Designer

Shondelle Pratt

Shondelle Pratt

Intimacy Coordinator

Ryan Tate

Ryan Tate

Stage Manager

Evelyn Everaerts-Donaldson

Evelyn Everaerts-Donaldson

Costume Supervisor

Adaptation Note

I was thrilled with the invitation from Mark Kilmurry to adapt Ibsen’s 1879 classic A Dolls House. I had one of the best experiences of my life adapting his play Hedda Gabler and also Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage, which featured many of the themes of the two other classics from nearly a century earlier. What I knew from those adaptations is that despite the technological, sexual and social revolutions of the twentieth century, the fundamentals of intimate human relationships remain the same. Women still long for love and for freedom within the milieu of domestic life, men and women still struggle with the compromises of submitting to the will of another human being, we all still wrestle with our expectations of life and then with the resignation of what we have actually achieved. Love, loss, longing are present in Ibsen in ways that are thoroughly modern — in fact, timeless.

A Doll’s House is a play that but for the absence of a mobile phone or three, might have been written yesterday. The joy of staging these classics in new adaptations is not to “update” historical plays, but to reflect how little changes in the human experience from culture to culture and era to era. There is something deeply comforting as well as unsettling knowing that despite the world feeling as if it is constantly changing, certain fundamentals stay the same. And across centuries and hemispheres, more unites us than separates us.

I’m hugely grateful to have had the chance to get inside Ibsen’s head, and also to be be back at this wonderful Sydney theatre.

– Joanna Murray-Smith

Special Performances

Audio Described

  • Thu 7 Jul 11am
  • Sat 9 Jul 3.30pm

Tactile Tours are available 1 hour prior to Audio Described performances, please contact the Box Office to book.

Q&A Session

  • Fri 24 Jun 8pm
  • Tue 28 Jun 11am

Free Teen

  • Wed 15 Jun 8pm
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COVID SAFETY MEASURES

We will be reviewing our COVID Safe plan for 2022 performances, in accordance with the NSW Government’s health advice. By the time this show opens, we anticipate restrictions will have eased and masks may no longer be compulsory in the theatre.

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